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Buck’ Giannis Antetokounmpo opens postgame interview with statement on David Stern

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Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of the many personalities that spoke about the recent tragic passing of former NBA commissioner David Stern. The reigning league Most Valuable Player winner took the opportunity to provide his own eulogy on Stern following his team’s 106-104 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo gave out a touching message, focusing on his own personal experience with David Stern. This just shows how many lives the former commissioner touched during his time in the league. Moreover, the Bucks forward also spoke about how Stern expanded the reach of the NBA beyond U.S. soil, thereby allowing international players like himself to thrive in the league. International talent within the NBA is on an all-time high in this era, and there is no doubt that commissioner Stern had a lot to do with how this came to be.

As for his basketball, Giannis, was his usual dominant self against Minnesota on Wednesday, logging a monster 32-point, 17-rebound double-double, along with three 3-pointers, four assists, and two blocks in 31 minutes of action.

The three-time Bucks All-Star, however, struggled from the line, going just 3-of-8 from the charity stripe. This has been a concerning issue for Antetokounmpo all season long, as he is currently averaging a career-low 59.9 percent on 10.1 attempts per contest.

It is also worth noting Giannis is currently dealing with a back problem that has caused him to miss two games in late December. Wednesday night was his second game back following his brief spell on the sidelines, and it does appear that the minor injury is no longer bothering him at this point.